Restorative Yoga Poses : Legs Up the Wall

Legs Up the Wall

Inversion • 5 to 10 minutes

PROPS

Yoga strap

Square eighth-fold blanket

PRECAUTIONS

  • If you are pregnant or find this pose irritates your hamstrings, substitute Legs Up the Bolster.

BENEFITS

  • Supports your body in a gentle inversion, taking gravitational pressure off your legs and feet.
  • Gently stretches your hamstrings.
  • Helps alleviate swollen feet and tired legs.
  • Soothes a frayed nervous system and tired mind.
  • Can improve sleep, which in turn can reduce feelings of fatigue.

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INSTRUCTIONS

  1. . Secure the yoga strap around your thighs so there’s a small gap between your legs.
  1. . Sit with one hip touching the wall, then, using your hands for support, lean back and gently swing your legs up the wall. Let them relax into the support of the yoga strap instead of trying to keep them together.
  1. . Support your head and neck with the blanket and relax your arms at your sides.
  1. . Remain in Legs Up the Wall for 5 to 10 minutes. To exit, bend your knees into your chest and roll onto one side. Press yourself up to a sitting position and remove the yoga strap.

TIP

This is a great pose you can do while on a layover. At the airport, find a quiet corner and enjoy a few minutes with your feet up and feel the stress of travel melt away.

 

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